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Town clerks (sorry, CEOs) rake in the shekels…

October 21, 2015

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie…courtesy of the news that Playford Council’s new CEO, Mal Hemmerling, is having to scrape by on a mere $358,000 a year to look after a budget of $91,000,000 and a population of 86,869.

And the immediate media reaction is just what you’d expect…an almost full-page revelation of  the contribution to Council rates made by  the salaries of chief executive officers.

Taking a parochial stance, Grumpy  notes that while little old Unley has the fifth smallest  population (at a smidge over 39,000) it’s administrative leader lies fourth in the tabimages (10)le of CEO tidy $261,o24.

Which sort of  pales into relative insignificance when compared with tiny, anachronistic  Walkerville’s  $14 per head of its miniscule 7401 population.

And what, surprisingly, do all these figures add up to?.  Yes, you’ve guessed it… the old old call for a rationalisation/amalgamation witch-hunt.

Meanwhile, the Tiser reports that Local Government Minister Geoff Brock has called for better shared use of assets, which Unley has been actively pursuing for years with adjoining councils.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    November 18, 2015 8:56 am

    Is the rumor true that your Mayor is talking to people about the idea of Unley and the plains part of Mitcham Council amalgamating?


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      November 28, 2015 7:45 am

      Not as far as I am aware. If he is, then it is purely on a personal level, as the matter has never re-surfaced in the all-of-Council arena as far as I am aware since the long-ago days of suggested amalgamations such as MUM and BUM (Mitcham Unley and Marion and ditto Burnside).The former fell flat on its face, with Mitcham Council opposing (I think unanimously) any idea of carving up its territory. Perhaps you should contact Mayor Clyne for clarification.


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